Posted by JahL on August 24, 2001, at 12:38:35
In reply to Re: Temgesic » JahL, posted by Elizabeth on August 24, 2001, at 12:12:08
> > >I was always in favour of the melting pot idea
> > Same. It's pretty 'multicultural' where I live.
> "Multiculturalism" is actually opposed to the "melting pot" idea -- the politically correct CW is that different cultures should remain segregated rather than be subsumed into "American" culture.
Yeah you're right. My mind is not working too well right now. I probably meant 'multi-racial'. It's 'multiculturalism' that's at the heart of the most of the problems where I'm situated. The well-meaning liberals you speak of positively encourage large swathes of legal immigrants *not* to integrate. An example: a few (mostly left-wing/Socialist) politicians in the UK recently suggested that it would be in the best interests of everyone if newcomers were encouraged to learn the language. This was denounced as "linguistic emperialism." You can't win.
I'm personally in favour of everyone just getting on with it.
> > > (i.e., the "races" aren't distinguished, we're all just human beings), but that's become unfashionable lately.
> > As in 'race' has become such an issue?
> Yes. It's so ironic that a lot of people who consider themselves "liberals" are basically in favour of keeping society segregated.